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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Such Fools

According to the Roanoke Times, the leadership of the American Cancer Society has swallowed the Big Government Kool Aid. The group "intends to spend all of its $15 million advertising budget this year on ads that target the need for expanded access to health care." Expanded access through government mandate of course.

The idiots.

Maybe I should remind these geniuses what their mission statement is:

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. [my emphasis]
The key word here - one that these guys and gals seem to have lost sight of - is RESEARCH.

You want to push a government solution to the problems this country has with health care costs? Kiss research goodbye.

When you think of government-controlled health care delivery systems, what area of the world do you think of first? Right. Europe - Britain, France, Germany. Where access is beguilingly broad and cancer research has come to a grinding halt.

Did you know that at one time European countries led the entire planet in expenditures on health care (cancer!) research? Well, second anyway. To the United States of America.

Now Europe relies almost entirely on the U.S. for research. It has driven R&D companies out with its astronomical and ever-increasing costs, and restrictive regulations.

Don't take my word for it? From a recent Wall Street Journal article:


SICKO EUROPE

We live in an age of unprecedented medical innovation. Unfortunately, most of today's cutting-edge research is conducted outside Europe, which was once a pioneer in this field, says Daniele Capezzone, president of the productivity committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

Consider:

● About 78 percent of global biotechnology research funds are spent in the United States, compared to just 16 percent in Europe, giving Americans better access to modern drugs.

● One result is that in the United States, the annual death rate from cancer is 196 per 100,000 people, compared to 235 in Britain, 244 in France, 270 in Italy and 273 in Germany.

The human toll can be measured in deaths and unnecessary suffering. It also costs Europeans a lot of money. Prevention is cheaper than treatment. This situation is especially dire in Italy, says Capezzone:

● The government has capped spending on pharmaceuticals at 13 percent of total health-care expenditures while letting expenses for infrastructure and staff skyrocket.


● From 2001 to 2005, general health expenses in Italy grew by 31 percent while expenditure on medicines increased a mere 1.7 percent.

● Italian patients might well have been better off if the reverse was the case, but the state bureaucrats who make these decisions refuse to acknowledge the benefits of advanced drugs.

It is both a tragedy and an embarrassment that Europe hasn't kept up with the America in saving and improving lives. What's to blame? The Continent's misguided policies and state-run health-care systems, says Capezzone. The reasons vary from country to country, but broadly speaking, the custodians of public health budgets aren't devoting the necessary resources to get patients the most modern and advanced medicines, and are happier with the status quo. (link requires paid subscription)

So the American Cancer Society, an organization "dedicated to eliminating cancer" through research is taking itself down the path that destroyed European cancer research - and is costing Europeans their lives.

Brilliant, fellas. Just brilliant.

Passing The Illegal Immigration Buck

While courageous local officials in Manassas begin the process of bringing the illegal immigration chaos under control (read about it here), 20th District Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville) steps up to the microphone and tells his constituents how he intends to stop the lawlessness that is plaguing the commonwealth's northern cities:

"It's misleading to make people think that something can be done in Richmond, when the only resolution comes from the White House. Until the federal government decides to reform it, there's not much we can do." (link)
Translation: "Ain't my job. I do taxes, folks."

Now there's leadership for you.


May God have mercy.

Showdown

We've argued the point long enough. It's time we settled this once and for all.

Be it proclaimed: Wherever the U.S. Constitution and the amendments thereto refer to "the people," it should be understood by all that it means us - the people.

Washington D.C. Mayor Adrien Fenty hasn't grasped the concept yet. But he's about to. He's decided to take his 2nd Amendment case to the Supreme Court.

I say: Bring It On.

Fighting for Our Handgun Ban
By Adrian M. Fenty and Linda Singer, writing in the Washington Post

As mayor and attorney general of the District of Columbia, we were deeply disappointed this year when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declared that the District's longstanding handgun ban violates the Second Amendment. Today we are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision in that case, which we think threatens public safety and is wrong on the law. (
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These two legal experts go on to tell us that the amendment (the 2nd - "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed") doesn't say what it says. They want you to believe that where it refers to "the people," it actually means "the militia."

Which makes one wonder what "the right of the people peaceably to assemble" means (1st).

Or "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures ... (4th)

Or "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." (9th)

Or "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." (10th)

The militia?

A careful reading of the Bill of Rights would lead a reasonable person to accept the notion that the framers of the Constitution weren't referring to the military when it used the term "the people."


But then these aren't reasonable people. They're liberals. Liberals who have for decades gotten away with loose interpretations of the Constitution to bolster their twisted attempt at the reordering of American society.

Their day is done.

As is this latest attempt on the part of the mayor of D.C. to separate the people from "the people."

You're history, pal. There's a new sheriff in town. It's We The People.

This Seems So Simple

Cutting off government funding to those who are in this country illegally makes perfect sense. Except to most Democrats who don't give two hoots about the law. Or so it would seem.

So it's up to Republicans in Northern Virginia to solve the illegal immigrant problem - and to see to it that our laws are not made a mockery of - on their own. That effort continues apace:
Manassas mulls immigration bill to limit services
By Natasha Altamirano, The Washington Times


The city of Manassas could become the next Virginia locality to enact measures targeting illegal aliens.

Manassas City Council member Marc T. Aveni, a Republican, yesterday said he wants to introduce a resolution similar to one passed by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in July, which would deny public services to illegal aliens and toughen local immigration enforcement.

"I need to get the rest of the council on board, but I think it"s absolutely something we would want to do," Mr. Aveni said, citing inactivity at the federal and state levels as one of the main motivating factors. "It's becoming apparent that, if anyone's going to save Manassas, it's Manassas."

Manassas would join several localities that recently passed or are considering immigration-related resolutions, including Loudoun, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Chesterfield, James City and Page counties. (link)
The news media will try to paint this as an "anti-immigrant" ploy when in fact it is an anti-illegal immigrant effort. Those leading the movement should stress this. We aren't opposed to those foreigners who enter our country legally so as to better themselves and provide a future for their families. We just want it done legally.

Kudos to Marc T. Aveni and the people of Manassas.

The Democrats Are In Charge

As I've been reporting, most recently here, upper-middle-class Americans will soon be enjoying government welfare. And we can thank the Democrats in Congress for it.

The latest:

Wealthy could get health benefits
By Sean Lengell, The Washington Times


Thousands of families who earn enough to pay a tax designed for wealthy Americans also would be eligible for government-subsidized health care for low-income children if proposals in the Democrat-controlled Congress become law.

"Only in Washington would you consider a family both rich and poor at the same time," said Greg D'Angelo, a research assistant with the Heritage Foundation. "It's the only place where one could be that creative."

The House and Senate last month passed bills to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Plan, or SCHIP, to families earning several times the national poverty level. A conference to hammer out differences in the two versions is expected to begin this week.

The White House has threatened to veto both bills because of their hefty costs. (link)
Welfare for the upper classes. What in God's name are these people thinking?

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According to the Washington Times, the legislation also allows for coverage of children up to the age of 25. These people have lost their freaking minds.

So That's Why He's Been Acting Really Weird

Two More Unions Endorse Edwards

Unfair. Unbalanced.

As long as you are aware of their biases going in, you accept their "journalism" for what it is.

Here are two headlines in this morning's New York Times. First this:

Within G.O.P., Stumping Fails to Impress

Followed by this:

For Democrats, Primary Field Gives Confidence

I wonder which side they're pulling for?

On That Franklin County Democratic Party Chair

It would appear that Franklin County Democratic Party chairman Joe Stanley's stunt in which he bought the domain name oldominionblogalliance.com (the Old Dominion Blog Alliance is a coalition of conservative Virginia bloggers; I am a member) and directed it to a pedophile website isn't the first time he's done something like that.

Check out this March Roanoke Times article about Eric Ferguson, Democratic candidate for delegate in the 9th District:

Lawyer sets sights on 9th District
By Mason Adams


Stanley strikes again

Web surfers looking for Mac McCadden's campaign Web site might end up confused if they're searching by domain name.

Enter macmccadden.com, .net or .org and your Web browser will take you not to the site of the man challenging Onzlee Ware for the Democratic nomination in the 11th House District, but to Ware's site. Instead, McCadden's site is at www.mccaddenfordelegate.com.

Blame it on Joe Stanley, a Franklin County political consultant who in 2005 acquired allendudley.com when his client, Rocky Mount lawyer Eric Ferguson, was running against Del. Allen Dudley in the 9th District.

Last year Stanley did some more speculating on domain names. He purchased a number of domains from godaddy.com for $1.99 each. His purchases included a variety of sites based on the names of various political candidates, including both allies and enemies.

Stanley bought onzleeware.com, which he ended up designing for the incumbent delegate. He then directed the McCadden domains, which he purchased in January, to Ware's site.

Likewise, allendudley.com, along with the domains consisting of a number of other potential Republican candidates in the 9th District, now point to Ferguson's campaign site. (link)

This, apparently, is what passes for adult politics over in Franklin County.

We all now know who Joe Stanley is. So who is this Eric Ferguson? Should we judge him by the friends he keeps?

Hat tip to F McDonald

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